KYUK Article – Yup’ik People Express Opinions About The Possibility Of No King Salmon Fishing This Summer

Here’s an excerpt:

Some Yup’ik subsistence fishers are preparing to harvest other species of salmon.  Tuntutuliak elder James Charles says the Yup’ik word for fish, “neqa”, shows that all fish are food.

“The Yup’ik word for fish can mean “food”, be it chum, king, red or silver, its all food. We never caught a lot of kings when I was a boy because there were no king nets to buy. Those short nets were all made by hand, so they mostly fished for fresh king meals in the spring if they weren’t too late. After that, people would fish mainly for chum. That was our food from fall through winter.”

The full article can be found at:

1GraphEscapement, subsistence and commercial harvests the past 16 years


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